Please see below for important information
Arlington National Cemetery requires a 100% ID Check with no exceptions:
All US guest must provide a State or Government Issued picture ID. Visitors 16 and 17 may present a valid school ID.
All foreign guest must present a PASSPORT. Foreign ID Cards will not be accepted.
If you ride the Shuttle over from the Lincoln Memorial without proper ID, you will be denied entry into the Cemetery and you must provide your own transportation back to the Lincoln Memorial.
For security reasons, we will not be allowed to pick you back up on Memorial Drive.
We apologize for any inconvenience. These changes and requirements are beyond our control.
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James Tanner Amphitheater

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picture of vehicle at Arlington National Cemetery in front of amphitheater

The first and original amphitheater on the Arlington grounds was built in 1873 for the fifth Decoration Day (known today as Memorial Day).  The celebration quickly outgrew the amphitheater and that’s why the new Memorial Amphitheater was built. The name was changed to the James Tanner Amphitheater in May of 2014 as part of the 150th anniversary of the cemetery. Tanner was a Civil War veteran and served as President Lincoln’s stenographer. He is buried in Section Two very close to the amphitheater.

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